Summer is the most enjoyable season of the year with the emphasis on short dresses, singlets, rooftop bars, open-air cinema, pool nights, exquisite cocktails, barbeques, beach walks, outdoor activities and so on. Make most of this summer by doing one or all of the following free things, to be enjoyed in Melbourne.
1. Take a walk on the beach
Melbourne is blessed with a horde of exquisite and beautiful beaches. Spend the summer time by taking a walk on some of the iconic beaches of Melbourne. And if you have got your swimming gear handy, then forget all your inhibitions and jump into the delightful warm water to feel rejuvenated and refreshed. You will be spoilt for options in choosing a suitable venue and may want to check all that Melbourne has to offer, including Brighton, Chelsea, Rye, Sorrento, Elwood beaches.
If you want to try something different or just feeling as curious as a cat, then wander onto one of the numerous nude beaches in and around Melbourne. Learn more about these nude beaches here.
Federation Square has lined up a captivating list of events and festivals to regale Melburnians this summer. To give you some perspective, in the month of January you can watch Australian Open on the Main Screen at Federation Square or enjoy the Federation Square Outdoor cinema and Australia Day fireworks, in the month of February you can revel in the Chinese New Year celebrations, Fresh Air Festival, Peruvian Festival, Latin Summer Festival, in the month of March take pleasure in the Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and so forth. Why not get healthy by taking some free lessons on Tai Chi (held at 7:30pm on Tuesday) and learn to shimmy and shake it with free lessons on Salsa (held at 1pm on Tuesday). Learn more about these wonderful events here.
3. Enjoy a free tour Explore and experience Melbourne by taking advantage of the wonderful array of free guided tours. Learn more about the great history of the Parliament house, discover the secrets of the Melbourne laneways, unearth the delights of the State Library or illuminate yourself about the chequered existence of Melbourne Town Hall.
Tours are run regularly and are absolutely free of charge. Some of these tours require booking and can only be accessed on certain days. Find out more about free guided tours in Melbourne.
4. Visit a market Melbourne is home to a wide array of farmer's markets. Pay a visit to any or all of these markets to introduce your senses to live entertainment, sample some local produce or just take a walk around. And if you have got some plastic in your wallet then stock up on your household necessities by paying significantly less than the big supermarkets.
Queen Victoria Market is indubitably a prime choice for a market. But there are other great choices like Springvale market, Camberwell market, Prahran market, Monash Farmer's market and so forth.